Women in Engineering Symposium

The Women in Engineering committee is excited to announce the 1st Women in Engineering Symposium aimed at showcasing women’s careers, experiences and journeys in engineering.
When May 01, 2018
from 01:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Thom Building & Trinity College
Contact Name
Contact Phone 01865 617706
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This half-day event on 1st May 2018 will include a presentation on equality and diversity by Prof Helen Byrne (MPLS), as well as talks from inspirational women in engineering at different stages of their academic/industrial careers. This will be followed by a poster session in which researchers present their research in a relaxed, informal setting.

To support networking, the event will be followed by a free drinks reception and 3 course dinner at Trinity College, where priority will be given to poster presenters and speakers. 

We warmly welcome all female or those that identify as female members of the Department to attend the WiE symposium and engage with the research being done by female researchers.

To register to present a poster, please complete the application form hereThere is no restriction on what research can be presented, and we encourage students and researchers who identify as female at all level of their careers to present - particularly 4th year undergraduates, new DPhil students and early-career researchers. The poster session will be an opportunity to practice your presentation skills and receive valuable feedback from your Engineering colleagues. 


13:00 -14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:05  Introduction

14:05 - 14:30  Keynote presentation: Professor Helen Byrne, Head of Equality & Diversity, MPLS.  
'Equality & Diversity in STEM'

14:45 – 15.45  Personal journeys through Engineering and Research:

Early Careers - Fatumina Said Abukar, BioMedical Engineer, UCL

Mid Career - Rachel Gittens, Geotechnical Engineer, Arup Group

Senior - Dr. Barnali Ghosh, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald

16:00 – 16:30 Speedy Poster presentation

16:30 - 17:45 Posters & Drinks Reception

18:00 – Dinner: Trinity College

21:00 - Close


Prof Helen Byrne
Professor Helen Byrne is an applied mathematician whose research focuses on the development and analysis of mathematical models of biomedical systems, with particular emphasis on solid tumour growth, regenerative medicine and stem cell biology. She was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge and gained her Masters and DPhil from the University of Oxford. Postdoctoral work at Oxford and Bath led to her appointment as a lecturer at UMIST in 1996. She moved to Nottingham in 1998 where she was awarded a prestigious Advanced Fellowship by the EPSRC and promoted to Professor of Applied Mathematics in 2003. Professor Byrne moved to the University of Oxford in 2011, where she is based in the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics as a lecturer in computational biology. She is also the MPLS Division's Director of Equality and Diversity.

Fatumina Said Abukar
Fatumina is an award-winning Doctoral graduand at UCL who is working on Regenerative Medicine Bioprocessing for heart cell therapy. She was shortlisted for several prestigious awards including the WISE Rising Star Award presented by the Princess Royal, she is an entrepreneur with her successful henna-art business 'hennapopp', science communicator, and public speaker. Fatumina is an advocate for increasing the female talent pipeline within science and engineering and was also shortlisted for New Outstanding Stem Inspiration Award 2017 held at the House of Parliament. However unconventional, she has used the power of social media with her Instagram channel ‘fatuminamusic’ (which has ~30,000 followers) to reach out to a wider audience and she tries to be a role model for other women who believe that engineering and being creative are mutually exclusive.

Rachel Gittens
Rachel is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng MICE) who has worked in the construction industry for over 12 years since graduating from St John’s College, Oxford. In 2016 she was appointed as one of the youngest female Infrastructure Associate for Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd. Rachel has designed and delivered a number of large and complex infrastructure projects across the UK, Europe and Australia, including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. More recently she has been working as part of Arup's Infrastructure Advisory Team, of which she is a founding member. Rachel has worked with national infrastructure owners in providing advice on asset management, strategic policy and regulatory compliance and was part of the team that transformed Highways Agency to Highways England in 2015.

Dr Barnali Ghosh
Barnali is a Technical Principal (Technical Director) at Mott MacDonald (London). She is a chartered civil engineer with specialization in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering through her PhD at Cambridge University. She has acted as a seismic reviewer for numerous high profile projects all around the world. Her practical experience comes from working in the industry for 15 years in various capacities. She was the winner of 2017 Shamsher Prakash award for excellence in Geotechnical Engineering. She is teaching earthquake courses in various parts
of Europe and contributes to professional excellence. She contributes to National seismic codes and is a treasurer of the Society of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (SECED) in UK. She was an honorary lecturer of
University College London. She has recently featured in the Financial Times (Top 30 future industry leader from the BAME community) and nominated for national diversity award in UK.

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